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Northwest Word Skookum

The adjective skookum comes from Chinook jargon and is commonly used in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to describe something strong, good, muscular, or powerful, as in a skookum Malamute or a skookum drink.  This is part of a complete episode.

Muckety-Muck, Muckymuck, Muckamuck

Niesey from Laramie, Wyoming, is curious about the word mucky-muck, meaning “an important person,” and often “someone self-important.”  Usually spelled muckety-muck, or muckamuck, it’s  associated with the...

snoweater

snoweater  n.— «We arrived in Yellowstone along with a Chinook. A Chinook is a warm wind that is sometimes called a “snoweater.”» —“Where’s the snow?” by Terry Stawar News and Tribune (Jeffersonville...

reef (on something)

reef (on something)  v.— «When the fish hit, his mind went blank. I am urging him to “reef on it” to set the hook which he finally did and struggled the rod out of the holder.» —“Willamette River (Or.) Chinook...

x-fill

x-fill  v.— «They were being extracted—or “X-filled” in military parlance—from the mission site and were loading up a Chinook helicopter with their gear.» —“Fortunate soldier home to celebrate 19th birthday” by...